Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Poetic Obituaries: Prof. [Milton] Wilson, authority on the Romantic

period, an editor for 14 years of Canadian Forum, piano player, canny negotiator, mentor to Canadian poets, a truly civilized man, died in Toronto on March 22, after a stroke at the age of 90.

"It was Milton Wilson's great diplomatic skill that enabled the new department to work at all," recalled John Baird, a retired English professor who lived through the upheaval. "Slowly but surely he persuaded a severely factionalized department to pull together. Some other departments that were thriving then have stumbled badly (the Sanskrit department, largest in the world outside India in the '70s, has vanished altogether), but English held together."

from The Globe and Mail: Romantic poetry expert Milton Wilson 'a truly civilized man'


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